Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: S.B. No. 1135

S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 1135 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose and intent of this measure is to provide the Land Use Commission with the power to amend, revise, or modify a decision and order granting a land use district boundary amendment when there has been a finding by the Land Use Commission that a petitioner or its successors or assigns has not adhered to a representation made by the petitioner or its successor or assigns or conditions previously imposed by the Commission, regardless of whether there has been substantial commencement of use of the land.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Planning, Land Use Commission, Hawaii Advocates for Consumer Rights, Hoomanapono Political Action Committee, and four individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and Building Industry Association of Hawaii.


Your Committee finds that the only enforcement mechanism currently available to the Land Use Commission for noncompliance with the requirements or conditions of a district boundary amendment is issuing an order to show cause, which may result in a reversion to the former land use classification. However, even that mechanism is available only prior to substantial commencement of use of the land. Furthermore, reversion is not always an appropriate or economically desirable solution. The Land Use Commission is restricted by limited statutory authority and therefore cannot change or modify conditions where less severe actions than reversion may be more appropriate. This measure would give the Land Use Commission the authority and flexibility to address deficiencies and non-compliance with conditions and representations that are raised by the parties and interested persons.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Clarifying that "substantial commencement" means completion of all public improvements and infrastructure required by conditions imposed pursuant to chapter 205, Hawaii Revised Statutes, within and outside the project area, and completed construction of twenty percent of any affordable housing requirement such that they are usable or habitable;


(2) Inserting an effective date of December 31, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and


(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water and Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1135, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1135, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land,